Conference Topics

IDRC Davos 2014 will cover different risk areas, crosscutting themes and instruments. The outcomes aim to support science & technology recommendations for the HFA2, enhance the understanding of integrative risk management, suggest economic opportunities and private sector investments and provide governance recommendations.

The following matrix is an overview of selected risk areas, important cross-cutting themes and instruments for applicable solutions:

Topics

The following overview provides a conference outline for the discussions in tailored workshops, parallel sessions, poster sessions, special sessions and other conference tracks at IDRC Davos 2014:

Disaster Preparedness & Response

  • Natural & Man-Made Disasters
  • Preventive Action
  • Humanitarian Relief
  • Recovery & Reconstruction
  • Humanitarian Logistics
  • International Aid
  • Complex Emergencies
  • Disability inclusive DRR

Country Risk Management

  • Country Risk Analysis & Assessment
  • Standardisation
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Risk Financing Options
  • Public-Private Partnership
  • Global Risk Indicator
  • Best Practices
  • Risk Governance
  • Risk Ethics

Environmental & Ecological Risks

  • Natural Hazards
  • Prevention, Intervention & Recovery Tools
  • Climate Change
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Desertification, Land  Degradation & Drought
  • Famine, Food & Biofuel-Production
  • Green Economy
  • RIO +20 (UNCED)

Thinking the Unthinkable

  • Emerging Risks
  • Cascading Risks
  • Low Probability-High Consequence Events
  • Out-of-Control Risks
  • Scenario Planning

Technical Risks

  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Surveillance
  • ICT Sector Robustness
  • Cyber Security
  • Energy Supply
  • NaTech
  • Liability

Urban Risks / Megacities

  • Water & Energy Supply
  • Land Use / City Planning
  • Early Warning
  • Emergency Evacuation & Shelter Management
  • Mobility / Transportation
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Civil Protection

Societal / Political Risks

  • Public Security
  • Terrorism
  • Social Unrest / Social Cohesion
  • Displacement / Forced Migration
  • Community Empowerment
  • Local Action
  • Gender
  • Millennium Development Goals
  • Culture & Disasters

Resilience & Vulnerability

  • Frameworks
  • Indicators
  • Gender
  • Marginalisation
  • Social, Cultural, Ecological, Technical, Institutional  & Economic Resilience
  • Fragility / Robustness
  • Exposure
  • Inequality

Health Impacts & Medical Response

  • Disaster Epidemiology
  • Public Health in Disasters
  • Disaster Medicine and Surgery
  • Humanitarian Logistics
  • Climate Change Health Risks
  • Environmental Health Risks
  • Humanitarian Logistics

Economics of Disasters

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Risk Monitoring
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Modelling
  • Scenario Building
  • Research & Development
  • Implications of the Financial Crisis to DRR

Business Continuity

  • Low Probability-High Consequence Risks
  • Risk Communication
  • Reputation Loss
  • Investment Funds
  • Post-Crisis Regulatory Reforms
  • Insurability

Financial Tools for Risk Management

  • Insurance, Microinsurance & Reinsurance
  • Catastrophe Bonds
  • Financial Standards
  • Investment Policies
  • Public-Private Partnership
  • Disaster Finance
  • Climate Finance

Communication & Outreach in DRR

  • Role of the Media
  • Awareness Raising
  • Crisis Communication
  • Community Empowerment
  • Living with Risk
  • Social Networks

Education, Research & Capacity Building

  • Preventive Measures
  • Local Action
  • Community Empowerment
  • Training Programmes
  • Role of the State vs. Individual Responsibility
  • Risk Literacy  (First-Second-Tertiary Education)
  • Methodologies & Tools for DRR
  • Best Practice Exchange
  • Build Back Better